Bulldogs Drop Hard-Fought Match to PAC 12's Utah in Yale Invite Finale
Freshman Rogers Leads Yale in Kills and Digs
NEW HAVEN – Despite double-digit-kill performances from three players, the Bulldogs could not overcome the front line of the PAC 12's Utah and lost 3-1 (25-19, 28-30, 25-20, 25-22) in the final match of the 2011 Yale Invitational. Both teams finished the invite with a 2-1 mark
Despite the loss, Yale's Kendall Polan was named co-MVP of the invitational and split the award with Utah's Morgan Odale.
Reetz and Rogers also earned all-invitational status for their play this weekend.
Almost every point was hotly contested during the 2-hour, 6-minute match before a raucous John J. Lee Amphitheater crowd. In the end, Utah's held a 9-3 edge in total team blocks and hit .341 for the match.
"We got better this weekend," Yale head coach Erin Appleman said following her team's 2-1 start with wins over Colgate and the ACC's Boston College. "This competition will help us prepare for the Ivy League."
After dropping the opening set, Yale showed its mettle with a hard-fought 30-28 victory in game two that brought fans to their feet. The end of the second set could be summed up in one word – dramatic.
Down 24-23, Rogers tied the match with a kill set up by Polan, who finished with 47 assists and 14 digs. The team traded points to tie the heart-pounding set at 28.
McHaney Carter (seven kills) broke the deadlock with a kill down the middle of the Utah side. Reetz, who also had 16 digs, provided her only service ace of the night to give the Bulldogs the set.
"Despite the loss, this was our best overall performance of the season," Appleman said. "We fought for every point."
Utah bounced back in the third set.
After a service error trimmed Utah's lead to 11-9, the 6-foot-1 Odale took control at the net. The Utes went on a 7-1 run that was fueled by four kills from Odale.
Yale refused to quit in the deciding fourth-set.
Trailing 18-15, Frappier responded with back-to-back kills to cut the deficit to one, but never get any closer. Rogers and Reetz blasted kills to counter Utah points and bring the Bulldogs within one, but Utah's Erin Redd finished off the match with her 14th kill of the evening.
The Bulldogs return to action next weekend on the road in College Park, Md. Yale will face Maryland on Friday night at 7, and will play Delaware and Sacred Heart on Saturday.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity
The 2011 Yale Invitational All-Tournament Team Members:
Co-MVP - Kendall Polan, Yale
Co-MVP - Morgan Odale, Utah
Tsvetelina Dureva, Boston College
Kaylee Fifer, Colgate
Mollie Rogers, Yale
Erica Reetz, Yale
Erin Redd, Utah
Chelsey Schofield, Utah